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Binghamton University Featured in Princeton Review's
Binghamton University is one of the nation’s best-value undergraduate institutions according to The Princeton Review, which features Binghamton in the new 2008 edition of its book, “America’s Best Value Colleges.” The guide profiles 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance. Binghamton’s “value not only comes in the form of the average need-based and grant/scholarship packages of more than $11,000 but also in student opportunities for experiential education through research, study abroad, and internships along with the third-highest four-year graduation rate in the nation for public institutions,” write the editors.
“Such a positive, well-rounded accolade — ‘Ivy-league academics,’ ‘experiential education through research, study abroad and intern-ships,’ ‘research-minded and student-focused instructors,’ ‘tons of clubs, activities and events to take part in’ and ‘exceedingly affordable tuition’ — translates to well-formed impressions of Binghamton by prospective students and their parents,” said Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions.
“This latest national recognition clearly defines all of the living and learning facets Binghamton University offers undergraduate students,” said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management. “Students themselves saying ‘delivering Ivy league academics and a good social experience at a state school price’ emphasizes that great outcomes are a culmination of multiple excellences, not just one.”
Schools were selected based on student surveys and data obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year. “We considered over 30 factors to identify our best-value colleges,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president, covering academics, tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), fi nancial aid (how well colleges meet students’ fi nancial need) and student borrowing. The 90 public and 75 private colleges chosen “offer a terrifi c education, plus they have impressive records of meeting students’ needs for fi nancial aid,” Franek added. “We highly recommend them as America’s best college education deals for 2007.”
“America’s Best Value Colleges” has three-page profi les. Schools are not ranked numerically. The book also has advice about applying for college admission and fi nancial aid. It is available on newsstands now